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The American Forest & Paper Association released its January U.S. paper reports.

Containerboard

Containerboard production was 1.5 percent higher compared to January 2016. The month-over-month average daily production compared to December 2016 was 0.2 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate for January decreased from 97 percent to 96.5 percent, which was 1.7 percent higher compared to January of last year.

Printing-Writing Paper Report

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in January compared to January 2016. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels were flat from December 2016.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 3 percent year-over-year in January. UFS imports increased 16 percent in December compared to December 2015, but finished the year 14 percent below 2015, with exports decreasing 11 percent for the year.
  • January coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 5 percent compared to January 2016. Imports of CFS papers also decreased 5 percent year-over-year in December, but increased 2 percent for the year, with exports decreasing just 1 percent in 2016.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 18 percent in January compared to January 2016. Imports of UM increased two percent in December, but decreased seven percent year-over-year in 2016. Exports of UM in December dropped 11 percent and were down 10 percent compared to the previous year.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in January decreased 2 percent when compared to January 2016. Imports of CM increased 27 percent in December compared to December 2015, and up 3 percent for the year, with exports increasing 2 percent in December, and down 5 percent relative to the previous year.

Boxboard Report

Total boxboard production increased 0.8 percent when compared to December 2015, but decreased 0.3 percent from November.

Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month as last year and decreased compared to November.

Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased when compared to December 2015, and increased compared to November.

The production of Recycled Boxboard decreased compared to December 2015, and decreased when compared to November.

Published in the April 2017 Edition of American Recycler News